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NY Times Blasts St. Louis Prosecutor Bob McCulloch

NYTimeslogoMost people who watched the press conference given by St. Louis country prosecutor Bob McCulloch likely came away wondering what, exactly, had just happened. As The New York Times editorial board explains, it was a disaster from start to finish.

The Times notes that even before the press conference — in which McCulloch announced that no charges would be issued against Darren Wilson for shooting Michael Brown — McCulloch was screwing things up with a purpose.

Instead of sorting through the mountains of evidence for the grand jury, McCulloch let the grand jury do it themselves. Then, the deliberations — which usually last a few days — went on for three months. ”And since grand jury proceedings are held in secret, the drawn-out process fanned suspicions that Mr. McCulloch was deliberately carrying on a trial out of public view, for the express purpose of exonerating Officer Wilson,” reported the Times.

This was all before the disastrous press conference:

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Former Slate EIC Settles Into Atlas Obscura

AtlasObscuraLogoAre you old enough to remember Manhattan’s Museum of Famous People on West 50th Street, featuring dozens of vinyl mannequins? How about the apartment with a view that Gustave Eiffel built into the Eiffel Tower, recently re-opened for tourist view and featuring its own mannequin set of Eiffel and Thomas Edison? Have you visited that?

These two tidbits come from the rich content of website Atlas Obscura, where former Slate editor-in-chief David Plotz is now the chief executive. As he explained to the New York TimesLeslie Kaufman, his arrival in the fall followed a rather fanciful summer interlude:

Mr. Plotz made a list of more than 100 people to talk to. He included not only journalists, but also recruiters, financiers and people he found interesting, like Maria Popova, the author of the Brain Pickings blog on culture.

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Layoffs Coming to NY Times

For some New York Times staffers, the holidays are not going to be so great. Even if aunt Lisa gets too drunk and tries to wrestle grandma again. According to The New York Post, layoffs are coming to the paper, as not enough people are choosing to take buyouts.

In early October, the Times announced to staffers that it needed to reduce its newsroom by 100. If enough staffers took the buyouts being offered, then no additional cuts would need to be made. As of yesterday, the number of buyout requests had only reached “the high 30s,” according to the Newspaper Guild’s rep at the Times.

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FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

Morning Media Newsfeed: 16 Million Watch Ferguson Grand Jury | Orman to Leave CNBC

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16 Million Tune in to Cable News for Ferguson Grand Jury Announcement (TVNewser)
The news surrounding the grand jury’s decision in the Darren Wilson case gave cable news channels a ratings surge Monday. While the decision had been reached by mid-afternoon, news channels had seven hours to consider the result as it was not announced until the 9 p.m. ET hour, when daytime viewership peaked. Capital New York During the 9 p.m. hour, when the decision was revealed, Fox News averaged 7.26 million total viewers, including 2.19 million adults 25 to 54. CNN averaged 6.26 million total viewers, including 3.16 million adults 25-54, and MSNBC averaged 2.20 million total viewers, including 742,000 adults aged 25 to 54. Mediaite The peak for CNN came not at 9 p.m. when the decision was announced, but instead during the second half of the 10 p.m. hour when the network reached 3.558 million demo viewers. With 7.256 million viewers during the 9 p.m. hour, Fox’s The Kelly File was the overall winner for the night. Variety Both The Kelly File and Hannity scored all-time highs in terms of overall viewers and audience in the advertiser-desired demo of 25 to 54. CNN’s Anderson Cooper was able to trump Fox News’ Megyn Kelly in the 25-to-54 demo at 9 p.m. In late-night viewership, CNN lured more viewers overall and in the demo at both 11 p.m. and midnight, according to Nielsen. THR / The Live Feed Many TV networks chimed in, with some broadcast nets interrupting primetime with President Obama’s remarks on the matter and each of the cable news outlets covering it well into the night. Some segments from the center of the embattled town even got too close, with CNN’s Sara Sidner being hit with a rock on air.

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This NYT Staffer is Spending Thanksgiving in Cuba

There is an additional Twitter journalist account to be aware of this holiday weekend (if you are not already): @londonoe.

That handle belongs to New York Times editorial board member Ernesto Londoño who, for the first time since he was a college student, has traveled to Cuba. The Colombian-born, NYC-based foreign affairs writer – previously covering the Pentagon for the Washington Post – arrived November 22 and is scheduled to be there through the weekend. He has been sharing all sorts of fascinating glimpses of his visit, including this shot of the digital newsroom at Communist newspaper Periódico Granma:

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Fast Track | Moving On | Dance Fever

Twitter logo GFishbowlDC: An amazing graphic showing how Twitter reacted to the Darren Wilson ruling.

TVNewser: Suze Orman is leaving CNBC. Please alert your grandparents.

TVSpy: Don’t worry everyone, Dancing With The Stars airs no matter what.

Natalie Wood Author Completes Follow-Up Book

CloserCoverLanaWoodFor those of us who pay close attention to the re-opened investigation into the death of Natalie Wood (she died 33 years ago this holiday weekend), the latest media flurry started with a cover story in the September 4 issue of Closer magazine. That interview with Natalie’s sister Lana was followed, earlier this month, by an emphatic open letter from Lana in the National Enquirer.

In the Closer piece, there was also some subtle framing offered up by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau Lieutenant John Corina.

No matter what develops on the law enforcement front, there is guaranteed to be more attention on this matter generated next year, thanks to Marti Rulli. The New Jersey-based author, whose 2009 book and subsequent 2011 efforts sparked the re-opening of the investigation, tells FishbowlNY she has just completed the first draft of her Natalie Wood “continuation” book.

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The Colossal Failure of Racket is Now Complete

MTaibbiTwitterPicMatt Taibbi, what have you wrought?

While the jury is still out on exactly how much blame the high-flying journalist, now safely back at Rolling Stone, must bear for the implosion of First Look Media’s Racket, his abrupt exit has been followed today by a curt and even more far-reaching announcement. Right in the heart of Thanksgiving week:

Since Matt Taibbi’s departure, we’ve been working with the team he hired to consider various options for launching a project without him. After multiple explorations, we’ve decided not to pursue the project. Unfortunately, this means that the team Matt hired will be let go.

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News Corp Invests in Another Real Estate Business

newscorp-1News Corp is really liking the real estate business lately. According to the AP, News Corp has invested in Elara Technologies, a Singapore-based company that operates PropTiger.com, an Indian real estate site. The deal was $30 million for a 25 percent stake.

As part of the purchase, a News Corp exec will join Elara Technologies’ board.

This is the second real estate company News Corp has moved in on (sorry about the pun) in just over two months. In September, News Corp announced that it had purchased Move Inc., which operates Realtor.com.

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